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Madama Butterfly

Glyndebourne Festival


Glyndebourne on Tour


No. of reviews: 7

Glyndebourne’s first ever staging of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly comes to Norwich
23 Nov 16 / Norwich Evening News
Nuclear family
1 Nov 16 / The Critics' Circle
Karah Son suggests a core of steel under Butterfly’s delicate beauty
23 Oct 16 / Express
Engages the mind at the expense of passion
19 Oct 16 / The Guardian
Butterfly is Karah Son’s Glyndebourne debut, and she is near-ideal in the part
19 Oct 16 / Music OMH
Downtown Nagasaki comes to Glyndebourne in Annilese Miskimmon's Madama Butterfly
17 Oct 16 / Bachtrack
Musical riches but theatrical poverty in Glyndebourne's staging of Puccini's tear-jerker
16 Oct 16 / What's on Stage
‘From an early age opera helped me escape the Troubles’
Opera director, Annilese Miskimmon, on her new Madama Butterfly for Glyndebourne, growing up in Northern Ireland – and the Muppets as inspiration.
Don Giovanni

Glyndebourne Festival


Glyndebourne on Tour


No. of reviews: 5

A satisfying production with Glyndebourne doing what it does best
13 Nov 16 / Classical Source
Duncan Rock is an unremittingly violent Giovanni
31 Oct 16 / Express
Duncan Rock's indisposition clears the way for an unforgettable role jump-in
26 Oct 16 / What's on Stage
A drab Don Giovanni from the Glyndebourne Tour
18 Oct 16 / Bachtrack
Duncan Rock's Giovanni did not disappoint
17 Oct 16 / Music OMH
A Midsummer Night's Dream

Glyndebourne Festival


No. of reviews: 12

Un verano con Shakespeare y Britten
14 Sep 16 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
The pinnacle of Sir Peter Hall’s operatic success at Glyndebourne
24 Aug 16 / Express
Britten untamed!
20 Aug 16 / Opera Today
Peter Hall's 35-year-old production is still a winner
19 Aug 16 / Express
This was a treat
17 Aug 16 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Poised and magical
16 Aug 16 / Independent
Si Tête d'Ane m'était conté...
16 Aug 16 / Forum Opéra
A faithful, snappy revival
15 Aug 16 / Music OMH
Enchanted wood: dream of a Dream at Glyndebourne
13 Aug 16 / Bachtrack
A heady mix of menace and fairy-dust
13 Aug 16 / Classical Source
Britten's magical operatic version of Shakespeare's play, revived in Peter Hall's production
13 Aug 16 / What's on Stage
No surprises but a fine cast graces this effective revival of a durable classic
13 Aug 16 / The Stage
A Midsummer Night's Dream: Shakespeare's great shapeshifter
This year’s crop of Dreams shows how Shakespeare’s comedy is fertile ground for infinite interpretation. But it is Benjamin Britten’s opera version that digs deepest into its inner strangeness.
Peter Hall: the Hallmark of operatic excellence
As Glyndebourne prepares to revive Peter Hall’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Rupert Christiansen looks back on the great director’s career.
Beatrice et Benedict

Glyndebourne Festival


No. of reviews: 16

Virée en boîtes
20 Aug 16 / Forum Opéra
Bobatrice et Puerilict. No es Shakespeare todo lo que se canta
12 Aug 16 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
Laurent Pelly has created a highly stylised production grey in both costumes and make-up
10 Aug 16 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Leicht eintönige Berlioz-Inszenierung
3 Aug 16 / Deutschland Radio
Star of the show is mezzo-soprano Stephanie d’Oustrac
1 Aug 16 / Express
It is the beauty of the quieter and more contemplative moments that leave the deepest impression
27 Jul 16 / Music OMH
Love labours in fifty shades of grey
26 Jul 16 / Evening Standard
The music is five-star, but the production is four-star and the story-line is only two-star
26 Jul 16 / Express
The beauty of the playing and the physical comedy are redeeming elements
26 Jul 16 / Independent
Immaculately sung
25 Jul 16 / The Stage
Laughs, merriment, joie de vivre and poignancy wrapped into a very well-made production
25 Jul 16 / Classical Source
Too much outside-the-box thinking
25 Jul 16 / The Guardian
Boxed in: Pelly serves up a grey Béatrice et Bénédict at Glyndebourne
25 Jul 16 / Bachtrack
Laurent Pelly’s new production for Glyndebourne is certainly capricious
25 Jul 16 / Opera Today
A rare outing for the comic opera from the pen of Berlioz by way of Shakespeare
25 Jul 16 / What's on Stage
Elegant but needs more emotion
25 Jul 16 / Telegraph
Il barbiere di Siviglia

Glyndebourne Festival


No. of reviews: 17

Swinging Sevilla
18 Aug 16 / Forum Opéra
Un pique-nique à Séville
14 Jul 16 / Forum Opéra
Le Barbier de Séville au Festival de Glyndebourne
16 Jun 16 / Opera Online
Mehr Klamauk als Oper
13 Jun 16 / Opernnetz
Bartolo sale de picnic
7 Jun 16 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
Excellently cast and truly funny
2 Jun 16 / Express
Director Annabel Arden needs to work on sharpening the comedy on stage
1 Jun 16 / Express
Fortunately, the talents of the cast distract us when the drama loses its way
30 May 16 / Opera Today
Il barbiere di Siviglia has a sparkling cast in a not quite razor-sharp staging
30 May 16 / The Observer
A triumphant celebration of Rossini’s musical genius
27 May 16 / Independent
The cast for Glyndebourne’s new Barber exuded huge zest and youthful energy,
25 May 16 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Energy and spirit in a hit-and-miss comedy
25 May 16 / The Guardian
Annabel Arden's new production of Rossini's comic opera is a summer treat
24 May 16 / What's on Stage
Zesty barber is a cut above
24 May 16 / Evening Standard
Björn Bürger’s Figaro was the audience favourite, and rightly so
24 May 16 / Music OMH
The score bubbles along but Glyndebourne's new Barbiere lacks spark
24 May 16 / Telegraph
Forced farce: Arden's Barber opens up shop at Glyndebourne
23 May 16 / Bachtrack
The Barber of Seville
‘The most beautiful comic opera in existence’
Le nozze di Figaro

Glyndebourne Festival


No. of reviews: 10

Figaro wigs out
11 Jul 16 / The Observer
Viewed simply as comedy, the evening is well paced, with good team work all round
10 Jul 16 / Express
Michael Grandage's sharp, sassy sixties (or is it seventies?) production is back
8 Jul 16 / What's on Stage
Nothing compares with the combination of Mozart and a sunny day at Glyndebourne
6 Jul 16 / Express
Delicious comic timing sweeps this frothy Figaro along
6 Jul 16 / Telegraph
Exceptional women make Glyndebourne's Mozart revival sparkle
5 Jul 16 / The Guardian
Every detail finely tuned in Glyndebourne's Le nozze di Figaro
5 Jul 16 / Bachtrack
The comedy is more defined and the sublime moments are as moving as ever
5 Jul 16 / Music OMH
This production finds new slants upon the work
4 Jul 16 / Classical Source
Beautiful to look at, vividly engaging, Michael Grandage's 1960s set production
4 Jul 16 / Planet Hugill
The Cunning Little Vixen

Glyndebourne Festival


No. of reviews: 9

Glyndebourne captures earthiness of The Cunning Little Vixen
1 Jul 16 / Seen and Heard
Fox pops
25 Jun 16 / The Critics' Circle
The summer opera season defies the downpours with terrific Tchaikovsky, morally improving Mascagni, Shakespearean Puccini and zesty Janáček
20 Jun 16 / The Observer
Janacek's Cunning Little Vixen is quite unlike almost any other opera
19 Jun 16 / Express
Glyndebourne's Vixen is not only Cunning and Little, but also marvellously energised and colourful
14 Jun 16 / Telegraph
No one hearing this performance would have doubted either the stature or the sheer wonder of this most singular of operas
14 Jun 16 / Boulezian
One of those Glyndebourne evenings when everything came together
14 Jun 16 / Music OMH
Melly Still's colourful production of Janáček's operatic fable in a loving revival
13 Jun 16 / What's on Stage
Circle of life: Janáček's Cunning Little Vixen returns to Glyndebourne
13 Jun 16 / Bachtrack
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Glyndebourne Festival


No. of reviews: 14

Tradition und schöne Bilder dominieren
12 Jun 16 / Opernnetz
Returning to the role of Hans Sachs, baritone Gerald Finley gives a definitive performance
5 Jun 16 / Express
McVicar brings out the comedy in Glyndebourne’s splendid Die Meistersinger
4 Jun 16 / Seen and Heard
Words and music in excellent balance, warmth and clarity anything but antithetical
2 Jun 16 / Opera Today
If anyone ever deserved the title of Grandmastersinger, it must be Gerald Finley
31 May 16 / Express
David McVicar’s play-it-safe production has an inestimable asset: the Hans Sachs of Gerald Finley
30 May 16 / The Observer
Power of love and creativity
25 May 16 / Independent
Even better than five years ago
25 May 16 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Wagner's comedy returns to open this year's festival on the Sussex Downs
24 May 16 / What's on Stage
Gerard Finley brings subtlety and warmth to Glyndebourne’s Sachs
24 May 16 / The Guardian
Gerald Finley shone in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
23 May 16 / Telegraph
Humour and humanity: McVicar's Meistersinger touches the heart at Glyndebourne
23 May 16 / Bachtrack
Gerald Finley is the Sachs nowadays
23 May 16 / Music OMH
Gerald Finley brought a mature, mellow and gentle quality to Hans Sachs’s resigned cast of mind
22 May 16 / Classical Source
Watch Meistersinger from Glyndebourne
Watch Glyndebourne Festival Opera's production for free here at 5.30pm on Tuesday, July 12 and available on demand for the following seven days.
Mastering Meistersinger
Michael Güttler has taken over as conductor of Glyndebourne’s Meistersinger with only a few weeks’ notice. How has he approached a mammoth project that most musicians would expect months, if not years, to prepa
Glyndebourne music director misses Meistersinger
Robin Ticciati has withdrawn from the 2016 Glyndebourne Festival revival of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg in order to recover from surgery for a herniated disc.
Die Entführung aus dem Serail

Glyndebourne Festival


Glyndebourne on Tour


No. of reviews: 8

David McVicar kills Glyndebourne’s touring Entfuhrung by kindness
3 Dec 15 / The Spectator
A charming and uplifting evening
17 Nov 15 / Classical Source
Strong musical values were in evidence at Glyndebourne’s ready-to-tour Entführung aus dem Serail
20 Oct 15 / Boulezian
Glyndebourne hits the road with Mozart’s tricky Turkish opera
19 Oct 15 / The Observer
Sometimes “straight” just works: McVicar's Entführung starts its Glyndeboune tour
14 Oct 15 / Bachtrack
Visual delights and strong cast for Glyndebourne's tour
13 Oct 15 / The Guardian
Christoph Altstaedt led a scintillating orchestral performance
13 Oct 15 / Music OMH
David McVicar's summer triumph is given a patchy autumn revival
13 Oct 15 / What's on Stage
Saul

Glyndebourne Festival


Glyndebourne on Tour


No. of reviews: 7

All the strands in Kosky’s vision are tightly and brilliantly woven together
16 Nov 15 / Classical Source
Glyndebourne’s touring production of Handel’s oratorio is even better than its summer hit
2 Nov 15 / The Observer
Handel would have approved
1 Nov 15 / Express
Demands to be seen
29 Oct 15 / The Stage
Biblical spectacle: an eye-popping, heart-stopping Saul for Glyndebourne’s Tour
28 Oct 15 / Bachtrack
In Donna Stirrup's attentive revival the production retains all its exhilaration and drama
26 Oct 15 / What's on Stage
Brilliantly funny when required, utterly heartbreaking when appropriate
26 Oct 15 / Music OMH
Don Pasquale

Glyndebourne Festival


Glyndebourne on Tour


No. of reviews: 5

A revival brings charm and warmth
15 Oct 15 / The Guardian
Colourful entertainment, inventively staged in this classic Glyndebourne production
15 Oct 15 / What's on Stage
Deft and absorbing
14 Oct 15 / The Stage
Clément’s cruel Don Pasquale strikes a sour note as Glyndebourne Tour opens
12 Oct 15 / Bachtrack
The 2015 Glyndebourne Tour begins with this stylish, elegant production
11 Oct 15 / Music OMH
The Rape of Lucretia

Glyndebourne Festival


No. of reviews: 10

La dernière image parvient même à rendre justice à l’épilogue chrétien de la partition
24 Aug 15 / Avant-Scène Opéra
La revanche de la Femme de douleurs
22 Aug 15 / Forum Opéra
Lucrecia y sus dilemas
14 Aug 15 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
The entire evening bears the ring of theatrical truth
15 Jul 15 / What's on Stage
Fiona Shaw's production is clear-sighted and non-sensational
8 Jul 15 / The Guardian
Vivid characters shine through this gloomy production
8 Jul 15 / Financial Times (via Google)
A fine cast and great ensemble playing get to the heart of Fiona Shaw’s probing staging
7 Jul 15 / The Stage
Piercingly intelligent, immaculately realised
7 Jul 15 / Telegraph
Dark deeds under the microscope
7 Jul 15 / Bachtrack
No booing for anyone here, but an ecstatic reception
6 Jul 15 / Music OMH
Interview: Kate Royal
New to the cast of Glyndebourne's The Rape of Lucretia is the soprano Kate Royal, who sings the role of the Female Chorus.
Saul

Glyndebourne Festival


No. of reviews: 14

Les tables de la loi
21 Aug 15 / Forum Opéra
Barrie Kosky ventures forth from Berlin to triumph at Glyndebourne
19 Aug 15 / Limelight
An odd production to be sure, but stunning and hugely engaging
5 Aug 15 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
It is refreshing nowadays to hear an overture with no stage business to distract from the music
3 Aug 15 / Express
Kosky's Saul is quite stunning, in all the right ways
29 Jul 15 / Express
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News & Articles

The birth of Glyndebourne opera festival
From the classical archive, 30 May 1934: ‘Discomfort is unknown here,’ declared our correspondent – while urging seaweed padding for the walls to deaden the volume of its Figaro.
3 Aug 2016 / The Guardian
Glyndebourne in 2017
An exclusive preview of the new season - the six productions that will be delighting opera fans at Glyndebourne next summer.
3 May 2016 / Telegraph
Glyndebourne: a brief history
The Glyndebourne Festival began in earnest in the mid 1930s with a legendary irritable remark that the soprano Audrey Mildmay made to her husband John Christie.
17 Feb 2016 / Telegraph
How the Germans made Glyndebourne
It may be quintessentially English but John Christie’s opera festival was the creation of Germanic immigrants.
19 Nov 2015 / The Spectator
Kammeropernchef Schwarz wird Leiter des Glyndebourne-Festivals
Wechselt im Mai 2016 als Nachfolger von David Pickard nach England.
19 Nov 2015 / Der Standard